MP warn drivers about winter weather

JonathanJanuary 2, 2014

With Christmas behind us, many will be looking to make a few changes in our lives to make 2014 a happier year. Car leasing can give you the freedom to pick different models, which can reignite your love for driving.

If you are planning to get behind the wheel more often this year, it’s important to make sure your car is prepared every time you get off the drive. This is especially important as the weather turns colder and the roads become more difficult to navigate.

However, if you drive as part of your job, whether for your daily commute or because you work in the transport industry, it can be vital to ensure that your vehicle is roadworthy.

Launching a report on transport preparations for colder climates, Louise Ellman MP, chair of Transport Committee, said that a “lack of preparedness for winter weather has a direct impact on the movement of people and goods and on the economy as a whole”.

She warned that disruption is not just caused by snow but severe storms can also affect the UK’s road networks. Ms Ellman added that thousands of passengers were left stranded over the festive period because there wasn’t enough foresight for the stormy weather.

She added that “pro-active decision-making by rail and aviation operators to reduce or cancel services ahead of a major event has reduced disruption”.

The chair added that the Highways Agency should help to reduce disruption by giving drivers real-time information and identifying solutions that will help cut down the hassle for drivers. This is especially important during busy periods.

Ms Ellman said: “The availability of salt for gritting roads has improved with the establishment of the strategic salt reserve. However, more should be done to keep pavements clear of ice and snow. A national advertising campaign should highlight that the public can clear snow and ice from outside their homes without fear of legal action and should consider doing so.”

“The transport sector must work closely with the Met Office and other forecasters to understand the challenges posed by different types of severe weather,” she added.

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